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Catch up on the latest news from Breck students, faculty, and alumni.

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Model United Nations at Breck

On January 22nd and 23rd, Breck students participated in the B&B Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. Students from Breck and Blake planned and participated in this year’s B&B MUN Conference. The communications department caught up with three Breck MUN student leaders to learn more about the club and to ask about their experiences so far this year.

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Breck Upper School Students Interview with Leslie Redmond

Breck Upper School students Joseph Purvis ‘21, Ayres Warren ‘22 and Maddie McDermott ‘22 share their experience interviewing Leslie Redmond, a local community organizer and former President of the Minneapolis NAACP. They also share their excitement for the MLK Symposium and Amplify Our Love with Pie events happening at Breck this upcoming week. Ms. Redmond will be the Upper School keynote speaker for the our 20th annual MLK Symposium.

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Kai Miller '22 Interview

On Sunday, January 17th, Breck will co-host Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s seventh annual MLK Holiday event: Amplify Our Love with Pie, to honor the 92nd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breck student, Kai Miller ‘22, has been working behind the scenes to get ready for the event. The communications team at Breck did a brief interview with Kai to ask about her experience working on the event.

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Breck Announces Dr. Troy Baker as the Next US Director

After an inclusive and comprehensive search process that elicited outstanding national and international candidates, Breck is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Troy Baker as our next Upper School Director. Dr. Baker will join Breck starting July 1, 2021.

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Breck Middle School and Upper School Performing Arts Concerts and Performances

The Performing Arts Department has been hard at work creating ways to showcase what they have learned fall semester. We hope that you take time over the Winter Break to watch, listen, and enjoy what the performing arts students have accomplished.

 

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Meet a Mustang: The Sixkiller Family

We hope you found the articles and interviews shared by Native American members of the Breck community insightful this month and that as a community we all learned more about Indigeneity. Our last highlight of Native American Heritage Month is an interview with the Sixkiller family. We are thankful for them and for their continued engagement in the Breck community! 

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2020-2021 Student Leadership

An important voice in the leadership of the school is that of students. Next year's student leadership councils were recently voted on by the Upper School community. As we say farewell to the 2019-2020 academic year and look ahead to 2020, we also welcome in the below members of the student body into leadership positions.

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Catching up with Alumni: Brittney and Will Oberrender '09

This year’s alumni Commencement speakers are Brittney (Faber) Oberrender and Will Oberrender, a married couple who graduated from Breck in 2009. They agreed to be interviewed for our Breck Bulletin alumni highlight in preparation for speaking to the Class of 2020.

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A Look Inside: Grade 9 English Class Guest Speaker

Upper School English teacher Katherine Raths worked to find opportunities to explore these themes with her students — made more challenging while remote learning,. Raths, who is also a law student at Mitchell Hamline College of Law, invited one of her professors to speak to Grade 9 students.

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Boys Tennis Advances to State Tourney

The boys tennis team is Section 2A champions and will move on to play at the Class A State Tournament at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Their first match is on Tuesday, June 4, at 2pm versus Pine City. Here's a link to the Class A team bracket. The individual qualifying matches are being played today (5/24) and Tuesday, 5/28. Congratulations, Mustangs!

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NCECA 2019

Three of Breck's visual arts students were accepted into this year's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts K-12 Student Show! This year's show had over 1,100 entries with only 150 piece chosen for the show from all grade levels across the country.

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Lower School Student Council

At Breck, students of all ages have the opportunity to lead clubs, join committees working on special initiatives, and be a member of student councils. Each opportunity offers students a great deal of influence on shaping the culture and climate of the school but also involves a significant amount of risk as being a leader among their peers.

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Malcom Yearby at ICYV 2018

Malcolm Yearby '20 was selected to be a member of the inaugural International Congress of Youth Voices. After being nominated by a Breck faculty member, he was selected for his commitment to leadership and social justice and passion and eloquence as a writer. 

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Viewpoints

Viewpoints Leadership
Stacy Glaus

High school sports can be one of the greatest teaching tools that a young person experiences in their development. The leadership on those teams, from the coaches, captains and upper classmates, helps establish a student athlete's foundation of values and expectations for themselves, as well as establishing their path for helping others. Education-Based Athletics is at the core of this development.

A Few Comments about Leadership and Common Ground
Jill Schurtz, President, Breck Board of Trustees

When asked about two of the institutions I love, West Point and Breck, I describe them as strikingly similar - not because I view Breck as militaristic.  Rather, from my perspective, both embrace the values of character, courage, and service in their devotion to the mission of graduating our next generation of citizen-leaders, and more importantly, leaders of character. 

Lower School Student Council
Today at Breck Magazine Feature

At Breck, students of all ages have the opportunity to lead clubs, join committees working on special initiatives, and be a member of student councils. Each opportunity offers students a great deal of influence on shaping the culture and climate of the school but also involves a significant amount of risk as being a leader among their peers.

Lower School holiday program rehearsal
Stacy Glaus

Choosing a school for your child can be challenging and stressful for any family. This current Breck parent shares her family's decision-making process in this article featured in the Viewpoints newsletter.

Creating an environment for learning
Peg Bailey, Lower School Director

Lower School Director Peg Bailey explores the distinctive attributes of the learning environment at Breck.

LS Student
Dr. Daisy Pellant, Director of the Peter Clark Center

An enriching early childhood experience is vital to future brain development and the corresponding outcomes in our brains and in life.